AAFA Weekly Brief
August 23, 2016
August 19: We can learn a lot about trade policy by looking at the Summer Olympics. ...Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton recently invoked the Olympics to school GOP nominee Donald Trump on the politics of fear, suggesting that fearful competitors, like fearful nations, can't win gold medals. And while that point is well-taken, Clinton herself needs to understand that the imagery of the Olympics is also a powerful metaphor for trade and the gains that trade brings the world. (Source: The Hill, op-ed by AAFA’s Steve Lamar)
August 21: ...President Obama is readying one final push for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade agreement ever, between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. And though the odds may be long, a presidency defined by partisan stalemate may yet secure one last legacy — only because of Mr. Obama’s delicate alliance with the Republicans who control Congress. (Source: New York Times)
August 23: To pass or not to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been the question on opposing sides of the trade deal, but President Obama is committed to getting TPP passed. ..."The draft SAA gives us a glimpse of how the administration intends to implement the agreement and serves as a strong reminder that TPP remains a top priority of the Obama administration," Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), said. "The president’s team is now working with Congressional leadership to resolve final issues..." (Source: Sourcing Journal – login required)

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August 18: ...We've come to Alaska with Earthjustice — the nation's top nonprofit public interest environmental law firm — for a crash course in climate change. We're also here to look at some of the extraordinary efforts now being made within the fashion industry — both to curb its role in climate change (which is significant) and to transform the business in a way that no one could have imagined 30 years ago. (Source: Marie Claire)
August 18: Thousands of combat helmets made for the U.S. military by prisoners and paid for by the government were defective, putting service members — including some in Afghanistan — at risk, according to a report from a watchdog agency. A litany of violations were found in the manufacturing process, including the use of unauthorized or degraded materials... (Source: NBC News)
August 17: Nothing has stopped Shirin Begum from going to work every day at a garment factory for more than 10 years — but last month's deadly attack by Islamic militants in the capital, Dhaka, could change that. ..."What will happen to us if the buyers are not going to come to Bangladesh?" says Shirin, a mother-of-two who works as a seamstress at a factory just outside Dhaka that stitches clothes for many Western retail brands. (Source: BBC)
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August 22: With Amazon and Ebay having increased their efforts at bringing in Chinese sellers and with more and more Chinese manufacturers branching out and making their own products, the number of companies contacting our China lawyers about problems with counterfeit products and knockoffs has soared. If the problem involves infringing products being imported into the United States, powerful remedies are available to companies with U.S. IP rights. One of the most powerful remedies is a Section 337 case, which can block infringing products, regardless of their origin, from entering the U.S. (Source: China Law Blog)
August 19: For proponents of patent reform, 2016 has so far been decidedly a mixed bag. Election years are rarely good turf for major legislative accomplishments, simply because the amount of debate and deliberation required to pass such things is quite out of keeping with the ADD style of media coverage during elections, and with the distraction experienced by lawmakers. (Source: The American Spectator)
August 18: You’ve seen them on Instagram — tagged in a photo of one of your favorite style bloggers — and you stumble upon them regularly on websites like Vogue and Refinery29. You might even purchase from them, maybe as often as they refresh their inventory — every two or so weeks, like clockwork. (Source: Racked)
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Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) processOn August 16, AAFA submitted comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) about the MTB process in response to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA), which moved the MTB review process from Congress to the USITC.

See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.

Focus on footwearAAFA's Footwear Action Committee is a member-led group focused on producing footwear-specific products and tools, driving footwear-focused policy, and creating a forum for discussion and feedback on footwear issues. The AAFA Footwear Action Committee will hold its next quarterly call Wednesday, September 14 at 11:00 AM ET. To join, contact nherman@aafaglobal.org. Learn about AAFA’s Footwear Workshop here.

Get involved! AAFA members get the most out of membership when they participate in our events and committees – join committees here

Congress and government agencies solicit comments on a range of issues that may affect your business – find a list of comment opportunities here. 

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    August 25 Webinar: TSCA Reform and its Impact on the Apparel and Footwear Industry (for AAFA members only)
    Sept. 15 Webinar: The Icebreaker Business Case: How PLM Drives Change
    Sept. 22 Webinar: Ensuring Safety in Children's Apparel and Footwear 
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    Sourcing Journal Summit 
    September 20, 2016 | New York, NY
    AAFA’s Steve Lamar will take the stage with fellow supply chain executives and top thought leaders at the 2016 Sourcing Journal Summit, designed to bring today's sourcing issues to life.


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